Posted by: arbeam | March 20, 2018

NL Tour Schedule

March 27   Boeing Everett VIP tour.  This will be a joint tour with the NL Lake Washington and Everett Council. The Boeing factory in Everett is the largest (by volume) building in the world with 472 million cubic feet of space. The VIP tour gets to see the airplanes under construction from the factory floor. Final assembly of four aircraft types is done at Everett using subassemblies, components and parts from around the US and the world. The types are 747, 767, 777, and 787. This is primarily a walking tour, wear sturdy walking shoes. We have a limit of 20 slots available for this.

 

April 17  Trident Training Facility & Trident Submarine tour. The Trident Training Facility provides classroom space and state of the art trainers/simulators to allow submarine off crews to maintain their proficiency.  The Plan is to tour TTF then have lunch at the Base Galley. Following Lunch we will board buses and then Tour a Trident submarine. This is one of our most popular tours. Please Signup early.

 

May  27  A 7 Day Alaska Cruise Princess  Cruise Lines is set up for May 27, leaving Seattle for 7 days to Alaska on Princess Cruise lines. The ports visited are Ketchikan, Juneau & Skagway. If we schedule 8 cabins in our group together, we can get a discount of about $200 per cabin. One advantage of Princess is that anyone with an honorable discharge from the military gets a $100 on board credit. If you own 100 shares of their stock (Carnival) you also get another $100 on board credit There is a small amount of paperwork to arrange these credits. Inside cabins range from $900 to $947, depending on forward, aft or midship placement but there are only 6 inboard cabins left at this time. Balcony cabins range from $1,567 to $1,649 per person, again depending on fore to aft or midship placement.  There are many balcony cabins left. If you have an interest in doing this cruise, please let me know.

 

June 11 – USS John C Stennis at 10:00 AM The Stennis is preparing for a Western Pacific Deployment and we are honored that they are making time in their busy schedule to give us a tour. The tour involves walking approximately 1 mile, with around 12 flights of fairly steep stairs.  Participants will need to be able to step over multiple obstacles approximately 18 inches tall and be able to ascend and descend stairs unassisted.  We recommend flat or athletic shoes for comfort and safety, closed toe and with a closed heel.   While our ship is extremely clean, there is the chance for lubricants or other material part of ship’s operations to be present on surfaces, and there can be strong drafts going up and down our stairs.  We recommend you  dress accordingly. We will gather at the Callow Ave Safeway parking lot (north end- away from the store entrance) about 9:30 to sort ourselves into as few vehicles as possible. Contact Byron for security procedures.

 

June 25- Whidbey Island NAS Open House Whidbey Island Naval Airstation is the home of the Navy’s FA-18 Growler Electronic Warfare squadrons and the new P-8 Poseidon Anti Submarine Warfare Squadron.  This is their annual public Open House. We are working on setting up a NL Tour in August.

 

July 11  – USCG Maritime Force Protection Unit Bangor & Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific.  MFPU Bangor is a Coast Guard unit dedicated to the escort and Protection of our trident strategic missile Submarine while they are on the surface in Puget Sound. The Strategic Weapons facility is responsible for the maintenance and security of the Trident Missiles.

 

Aug  – Whidbey Island NAS

Sept 20Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport NUWC Keyport is an important part of the Naval Sea Systems Command Warfare Centers.  There is one other undersea warfare center, in Newport, RI and there are 8 surface warfare centers around the country.  Keyport originally opened just over 100 years ago in 1914 as the Pacific Coast Torpedo Station.  Although torpedo maintenance and repair are still important components of the work at Keyport (25-30%) there are many additional operations that have evolved over the years.

 

Oct 12– SAFE Boats Intenational SAFE Boats builds purpose designed special performance boats for law enforcement, military and all levels of government world wide. Safe Boats International builds rapid response craft at their facility at the Bremerton Airport. SAFE Boats is a major supplier to the U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG) small boats fleet. The USCG uses SAFE vessels for diverse missions including homeland security, patrol, maritime law enforcement, marine environmental protection, search and rescue, and aids to navigation.

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